Restaurant: Get Carried Away in Pawleys Island

Get Carried Away is a concept that Sassy and Brian devised in 2005. And now is the time to make it a reality.

As owners of the Sea View Inn since 2002, their staff has produced some of the best low country cooking in the form of 3 meals each day for their overnight guests. And many non-boarders and locals have also come by to enjoy a meal and take in the view. Crab Divine, Myrtle’s Biscuits, and Seafood Pie have been staples at this Pawleys mainstay.

In 2006, Sassy and Brian launched their product, Palmetto Cheese. It has since become a regional favorite for many food lovers and continues to grow. Since that time, many locals and aspiring cooks have approached the Henrys about how to get their product to market. While the Henrys can offer some direction and counsel, they can now offer that place where entrepreneurs and food lovers can have an outlet for their passions. One of those is Onion Made Goodness (OMG). It is the creation of local Laura Tiller and it is good stuff! And how about Dana Stokes cheese straws? It is a southern favorite and they are delicious!

They also know that people love seafood. Particularly the “Low Country Boil”. It is an area favorite and the perfect treat to share with the family or group of friends. Each and every summer, Sea View Inn has hosted low country boils for its guests since 2003. Now they want to bring this local favorite to other vacationers and locals. They prepare it hot and ready and you simply serve it at home, at the beach, on the back porch, or on the boat. And pick up a few appetizers to round it out: Vidalia Onion Dip, Palmetto Cheese and Crab Dip, Artichoke Dip, and many others. Easy peazy.

Click HERE for the menu.

Go check them out. Conveniently located directly across Highway 17 from Pawleys Wine and Spirits. Talk about rounding out your catch! Get Carried Away and see what the new buzz is about.

Get Carried Away 10126 Ocean Blvd. Suite 5B   Pawleys Island, SC 29585  (843) 314-3493   Hours: 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays

Click HERE for a review of Get Carried Away.

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What is Low Country Food?

Low country refers to coastal regions of South Carolina and Georgia. This area, as have many others, have developed their own cuisine that reflects food staples that are readily available and influenced by the cultures found in that area. Though easily lumped in with traditional “southern” cuisine, low country cuisine has a flavor all its own. Geography of the region has played a large factor in the development of various dishes. With access to the Atlantic Ocean and various estuaries seafood is a main ingredient. The marshlands throughout the Grand Strand and northern Georgia lead to rice becoming the popular grain of choice. Fish, shrimp, crabs, oysters and rice became mainstays of the local diet.

Cultures that influenced much of low country cuisine are: French (Huguenot and Catholic), African, German, Sephardic Jews, British, Caribbean and Native American. Indian and West Indie cultures also found their way into the foods of this region with the use of chutneys and curries in many dishes.

It is the combination of flavors and richness of the available ingredients that make the dishes seem lavish. Many of the settlers and slaves that came into the area brought seeds of their native lands with them, the sea captains that called the coast line home brought exotic plants and spices home. All of these things combined created this regional food.

Cooking methods of the region are quite simple. Many food items can be easily roasted, boiled or grilled. Soups and stews are probably the most common food types in the area. Inexpensive, nutritious and abundant. These meals could be made to feed large numbers of groups endlessly.

Common ingredients for the areas:

  • Quail
  • Duck
  • Turkey
  • Venison
  • Clams
  • Crabs
  • Oysters
  • Fresh water fish
  • Rice
  • Corn
  • Tomatoes
  • Okra
  • Potatoes (specifically sweet potatoes)
  • Native berries
  • Wild figs

Famous dishes from the area:

  • She-Crab Soup – made from female Atlantic Blue Crabs, crab roe, heavy cream, butter, sherry, mace and shallots.
  • Catfish Stew – made from catfish filets, crushed tomatoes, potatoes and onions.
  • Okra and tomato soup – fresh okra, tomatoes and other available meats (sausage predominantly) and vegetables. Okra was introduced by people from West Africa.
  • Frogmore Stew or Low Country Boil – Frogmore, South Carolina was the home of this stew wich is made from shellfish, corn on the cob, sausage and red potatoes.
  • Red Rice or Charleston Red Rice – Boiled rice, crushed tomato, hot sauce, bits of sausage.
  • Oyster Roasts – perhaps one of the most famous dishes and activities from the region. Large fire pits are built and coals are heated up. Fine mesh grates are placed over the hot coals. Large amounts of fresh oysters are piled on and covered with burlap sacks. They are served with shovels with are piled on to make shift tables.
  • Chicken bog – chicken, rice, celery and sausage are made in large pots. Perhaps most famous is the Loris Chicken bog.
  • Hopping John – a dish of field peas, rice, onions and bacon.

Things to Do: Tour Sandy Island in Pawleys Island

Sandy Island is to remain wild. Approximately 9,000 acres of pristine woodland along the South Carolina coast have been permanently protected thanks to the involvement of South Carolina’s Coastal Program and its partners. Sandy Island, considered by many to be the most important piece of land on the South Carolina coast due to its unique ecology and history, is one of the last natural areas along this State’s rapidly developing coastline. Until 1996, it was the largest privately owned freshwater island on the East Coast, about fifteen times the size of New York City’s famous Central Park. Rich in nature and culture, the forested bluffs and deep, cypress studded creeks typical of Sandy Island have changed little with the passage of centuries. Located between the Waccamaw and Great Pee Dee Rivers near Georgetown, South Carolina, this is a place rich in wildlife habitats, including tidal freshwater forested wetlands, emergent marsh along blackwater and alluvial rivers, and a coastal maritime sandhill community that includes several thousand acres of old-growth longleaf pine. In addition to eagles, osprey, bear, deer and turkey, a significant population live there. On March 8, 1997, Sandy Island was dedicated as a Public Trust Preserve. During the dedication ceremony, the Chairman of South Carolina’s Department of Transportation Commission said “Welcome to Forever” as a barred owl and a Cooper’s hawk were released as symbols of the island’s continuing natural state.
Mount Rena
Sandy Island is situated within the project boundary of the recently established Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge. The preserve is open to the public and has several boat landings and two nature trails for walking. The project is considered by many to be a model of how diverse public and private interests can form partnerships to protect significant natural resources within developing coastal landscapes of the federally endangered red-cockaded woodpecker that inhabits Sandy Island. About 120 people also call Sandy Island home. Many of them are descendants of slaves who worked the island’s rice plantations prior to the Civil War. In 1997, an archaeological survey identified 51 sites on the island, some dating back 10,000 years, to be considered for addition to the National Register for Historical Places. In 1989, a controversy ignited when a development plan proposed that a major arterial road and bridge be built that would split Sandy Island in half and connect it to the mainland, potentially opening the remote island up to logging and residential development. This proposal sparked partnership. The Service’s South Carolina Coastal Program, in collaboration with the Winyah Bay Focus Area Task Force (a cross-section of businesses, landowners, and agencies), identified the need to seek permanent protection of the property based on the unique natural resource values of Sandy Island.
Many interests then came together to make it happen. Other partners included the Federal Highway Agency, South Carolina Department of Transportation, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, National Marine Fisheries Service, SC Department of Health and Environmental Control, SC Department of Natural Resources, SC Coastal Conservation League, and The Nature Conservancy. These groups joined forces with many private landowners whose love of the island’s natural and cultural history was evident throughout the process. Funding for the purchase (fee-title acquisition) was obtained through a public/private partnership. South Carolina Coast Sandy Island’s diverse topography, revealed through infrared photography, creates a rich variety of wildlife habitats.

USA Today Highlights Coastal Carolina Real Estate

By Lynn Seldon - USA Today 9/18/2010


Here is a partial part of the article that relates to the Pawleys Island / Litchfield Beach / Myrtle Beach area:

The southern third of the Carolinas coast is the “low country.” It spans from Charleston to the Georgia border. Isle of Palms, Hilton Head, Kiawah and Spring Island are here. It has the ritziest real estate and a country club lifestyle with top-rated golf courses, elaborate tennis facilities and gated communities.

“We chose the coast of the Carolinas for all the typical reasons,” says Lynn Seldon, a resident of Oak Island, N.C. He’s a travel photojournalist who contributes to the likes of Southern Living magazine and has written more than a half-dozen guidebooks to the Southeast. “There’s the beach, the ocean, water sports like kayaking, lots of excellent golf and tennis, fishing, fresh seafood, and a wide variety of real estate options.

“From the Outer Banks down to the Low Country, there are so many options. The northern part of the Carolinas coastline is a longtime favorite for beach house rentals. Many who have rented there for years eventually buy in pursuit of the laid-back Outer Banks lifestyle,” he says.

“We chose the middle because it is a central location, and we love heading to historic Southport or Wilmington for the day. It also has affordable real estate options, lots of activities — including world-class golf — and unique places nearby like Bald Head Island and Myrtle Beach.

“The Low Country lifestyle is alive and well in historic Charleston, as well as traditional island destinations like Kiawah Island, Hilton Head Island and many others.”

Drew Butler, a real estate agent who covers the greater Hilton Head Island area of South Carolina, agrees.

“There is a lot of variety up and down the coast,” he says. “There are a handful of these little islands like Edisto, which is sleepier, between Hilton Head and Kiawah, Fripp Island in Beaufort, Bald Head, Pawleys Island near Myrtle Beach, and so on. There are a lot of options.”

Myrtle Beach is more dense and less expensive than Hilton Head, Butler says.

But, he says, values can be found all through the area, and buyers are taking advantage. He says sales volume in Hilton Head has jumped 33% year-to-date over this time last year, while prices are down 25% over the past 24 months. Hilton Head has weathered the economic storm better than much of the coast, where prices have come down even further, he says.

Like lifestyle and activity options, the price range of coastal Carolinas is vast and varied, from $100,000 condos to multi-million-dollar homes.

•Central: Greater Myrtle Beach, S.C., is the biggest destination near the border of the two Carolinas. It markets itself as the “Golf Capital of the World,” offering more than 100 courses and advertising bargain golf prices. The same applies to real estate. Some of the most affordable homes on the coast are here, though the offshore area, Pawleys Island, is pricier. Myrtle Beach is a vibrant resort with about 1,700 restaurants. About 400 hotels and motels can be found along a 60-mile stretch of coastal beaches here. Besides the golf, beaches and a variety of family actives are a major appeal. North Carolina’s section of the central zone is home to several smaller island options, including quiet and natural Oak Island and exclusive Bald Head Island, which is accessible only by ferry and is home to a high-end golf course community with lavish houses.

You can see the entire article HERE